The name of the region comes from the local Celtic tribe Medullicus, or "country of the Medulli". The region owes its success mainly to the red wine production. Medoc is home to about 1,500 vineyards. The area also features long sandy beaches and pine forests.
The geography of Medoc is not perfect for wine growing, with the proximity to the Atlantic Ocean which results in high rainfall and comparatively mild climate making rot a permanent problem. It is generally thought that the nature of Medoc's wine derives from the soil. Even though the terrain is flat, exceptional drainage is a necessity: the increased amount of gravel in region's soil allows heat to be retained, thus encouraging ripening, as well as extensive root systems.
All of the red wines in 1855 Classification are from Medoc, with the only exception of Chateau Haut-Brion from Graves. Many of the regional wines that are not in the classification were classified using Cru Bourgeois system through 2007. Following legal challenges the category was abolished, and introduced again in 2010 as annual "mark of quality".
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